Last Updated on 23rd November 2022
Having a newborn is an exciting time, but it can also be quite overwhelming for first time parents. There are so many things you need to buy and prepare for to get ready for your new arrival. If you’re not sure what the most important items are, don’t worry. Here is a list of things you simply must have in your home upon the baby’s birth.
This is the first thing to think about because you need to be prepared for an early delivery and you will need at least a few baby grows before leaving the hospital. Lately, sustainable-conscious parents have started buying bamboo baby clothes as it’s proven to be more comfortable for their children and also good for the environment.
However, there are other factors as well. Your choice of clothing also depends on the climate where you live as getting your babies temperature just right is essential. Tempting as it is to swaddle them constantly, the ideal is 36.4 degrees Celsius and it can be harder to regulate with the lack of movement.
Always get clothing that is comfy, and simple to put on and take off for the many daily changes. And buy clothing that will be washed many times and likely stained by a variety of bodily fluids. It’s also worth having some garments in larger sizes because your infant will grow quickly.
Keeping your baby warm is going to be one of your top priorities as a parent, and can easily be added/removed without waking or disturbing when sleeping (which will be most of the time). A good blanket can do wonders in ensuring your baby’s comfort and can be essential in cold weather. Blankets come in many different materials, sizes, and colours, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from as you shop.
When choosing a blanket for your baby, make sure to consider the material. Some blankets are made from natural fibres like cotton or wool, while others are synthetic. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the one that’s right for your needs.
It’s also important to think about the size when selecting a blanket for your baby. You’ll want to choose a size that’s large enough to cover your baby without being too bulky or cumbersome.
A soothing and comfortable place for your baby to sleep is a priority for any new parent as tempting as co-sleeping with your child is you need sleep too. A crib is a great option to create a safe and cosy space for your little one but still be close to you. When choosing a cot, there are a few things to keep in mind; and it’s essential it is sturdy and well-constructed.
It’s also important to choose a style that you love and that will work well with the overall design of your nursery. There are a variety available on the market, so take your time in selecting the perfect one for your baby’s needs.
One thing is for sure, you’ll be changing a ton of nappies in those first few months (and probably years) with a new-born. Get ahead of the game by stocking up on diapers before the baby arrives. You’ll want to have plenty on hand in different sizes as your little one will grow quickly. The good news is many big supermarkets will swap unopened packets.
There are several types of diapers to choose from, including disposable and cloth styles. Disposable nappies are the most popular choice for new parents as they are easy to use and don’t require any extra laundry. Cloth diapers require a bit more work, but some families prefer them for environmental and cost reasons.
It’s also likely that you’ll often clean up after your kids, so it’s important to gear up. Get the following items:
- Wet wipes
- A changing pad
- Baby shampoo and soap
- A soft towel
- Cotton balls or pads
- A bulb syringe (for cleaning the baby’s nose)
- Nail clippers and filing tools
All these items will help you clean your baby quickly, easily, and effectively.
Breastfeeding is only the first phase of food for a newborn and some babies not latch while some mothers may struggle to produce milk. Formula is a good alternative. After this, parents can start thinking about other food options for their babies.
Stacking up on baby food will ensure that you have a range of options available when you start feeding your infant solid food. You can either buy commercial baby food or make your own.
For example, you might want to try making food like mashed bananas, sweet potatoes, or avocados. These can all be easily made at home and are very nutritious for babies.
It’s important to keep new-borns distracted and amused, and toys are the perfect way to do so. There are all sorts of different toys available for newborns, from soft and cuddly stuffed animals to colourful mobiles.
New borns should have plenty of toys to choose from, as they can quickly become bored with any toy. It’s important to rotate toys frequently to keep your newborn’s attention.
Toys are not only a way to keep your new baby entertained, but they can also help with their development. For example, ones that make noise, such as rattles, can help stimulate your newborn’s senses.
Babies need a lot of preparation beforehand, so make sure to add these items to the checklist. All of these will ensure the baby is comfortable, healthy, clean, and happy at all times. Doing so will help you with the challenges of parenthood in its early stages!